A Muslim man has reportedly shot dead the 17-year-old son of a Christian family in Pakistan after the boy's mother rejected his advances.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, which reports on crimes and legal cases concerning Christians in Pakistan, said the crime occurred on Feb. 27 in the town of Qayum in Faisalabad City.
The Muslim suspect, 57-year-old Tahir Jutt, who had a "known long-term infatuation" with 42-year-old Shazia Tahir, apparently got involved in a family argument she was having with her husband, Tahir Qadeer, and persisted trying to intervene even when Shazia turned down his help. more >>
Seventeen-year-old Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi escaped the Islamic State with her life, but in the process left her newborn baby behind.
In 2014, Alawsi was captured by Islamic State militants after the terror group had taken over her town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq, abducting her and 27 of her family members, according to Daily Mail. Alwasi, 15 at the time, was held captive in Mosul where she was repeatedly beaten and raped by jihadists.
"They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us," she recently told AMAR Foundation, an organization that helps people in areas of conflict. "The worst thing was the torture in Mosul. We were beaten and raped continuously for two weeks." more >>
Chinese Christians across several congregations are facing the choice of voluntarily dismantling the crosses on their own churches, or seeing government officials come in and forcibly demolish them, reports have said.
China Aid reported that the number of church crosses demolished in Zhejiang since the beginning of 2016 has risen to 49, as the Communist Party continues to send soldiers to churches across several provinces to take down their crosses.
Churches in Zhejiang have been given official notices telling them that they have to comply to the orders and take down the crosses, which the government argues is due to building code violations. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Russian Orthodox Church will be hosting a summit on religious persecution in Moscow, the Rev. Franklin Graham announced today.
"I was in Russia this past October and met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the Church worldwide," Graham wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday, explaining the roots of the summit, which will be held in October.
"The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place." more >>
A group of Hindu radicals in India's Chhattisgarh state reportedly attacked and beat 60 Christians worshiping at a Pentecostal church on Sunday, only a week after the Indian government denied visas to a U.S. Commission investigating religious freedom abuses in the country.
International Christian Concern reported that a mob of 25 Hindu radicals targeted a Pentecostal church in Kachana colony, where they stormed the house of worship on motorbikes, and began beating the 60 or so Christians that had gathered for Sunday worship.
Witnesses said that the radicals also beat and stripped Christian women, and destroyed various church property, including Bibles. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders declined to label the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities a "genocide" during Monday night's Fox News Democratic town hall.
As IS continues to kill, enslave and abuse Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, the Vermont senator was asked by moderator Brett Baier whether he believed that the crimes against humanity being committed by IS against religious minorities in the Middle East should be classified as a "genocide."
Although prominent human rights groups and over 200 members of Congress have argued that a United States "genocide" designation would help foster swift international action to stop the war crimes, Sanders answered by saying that he doesn't believe "a word" needs to put in place to describe what is happening to those minority communities. more >>